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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 4,375) 6th October 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Simpson

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

Crewe 2

C Aneke (45+1)
M Ellis (70)

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E Horwood (9)

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Moore: Concern for Alex

Moore: Concern for Alex

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Crewe Alexandra and Hartlepool at the Alexandra Stadium.

Crewe will assess the fitness of Abdul Osman and Byron Moore.

Midfielder Osman missed Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat to Oldham with an ankle injury, while winger Moore is trying to shake off a similar complaint sustained against MK Dons.

Chuks Aneke is set to feature after the Railwaymen reached an agreement with Arsenal to extend the attacking midfielder's loan spell.

Veteran goalkeeper Steve Phillips has resumed light training following knee surgery but is not ready to challenge Alan Martin for a place between the posts.

Teenager Ryan Colclough remains sidelined with a fractured jaw alongside forward Michael West (Achillies).

Alex began the season with a 5-0 win over Pools at Gresty Road in August and boss Steve Davis would dearly like to see a return to that form and end a six-match winless run.

Hartlepool midfielder Simon Walton is expected to return to contention following injury.

The former Leeds, Charlton and Plymouth player has missed the last three games due to an ankle problem, but came through the full 90 minutes in a reserve-team run-out in midweek and is hoping to return to the side.

Manager Neale Cooper dropped skipper Sam Collins for the midweek home defeat to Sheffield United and must decide whether to recall him or keep him on the bench and retain teenager Jack Baldwin alongside Peter Hartley at the heart of defence.

Cooper, heartened by a much-improved display on Tuesday night, has no new injury or suspension problems after striker Steve Howard, plus midfield pair Jonathan Franks and Paul Murray reported they had shaken off knocks sustained in midweek.

Pools are chasing their first league win in seven matches having secured only two points from their previous six.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40